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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Kranish, Scott Helman Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mitt Romney has become a household name, but the former Massachusetts governor remains an enigma to many in America, his character and core convictions elusive, his record little known. Who is the man behind that sweep of dark hair, distinguished white sideburns, and high-wattage smile? He often seems to be two people at once: a savvy politician, and someone who will simply say anything to win. A business visionary, and a calculating deal-maker. A man comfortable in his faith and with family, and one who can have trouble connecting with average voters.

In this definitive, unflinching biography by Boston Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, readers will finally discover the real Romney. The book explores Romney’s personal life, his bond with his wife and how they handled her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, and his difficult years as a Mormon missionary in France, where a fatal car crash had a profound effect on his path. It also illuminates Romney’s privileged upbringing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; his rejection of the 1960s protest culture; and his close but complicated relationship with his father.

Based on more than five years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, The Real Romney includes a probing analysis of Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private investment firms, where staggering profits were won through leveraged buyouts that helped create jobs but also destroyed them. This penetrating portrait offers important new details, too, on Romney’s failed Senate race against Ted Kennedy, his role leading the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics, and his championing of universal health care in Massachusetts. Drawing on previously undisclosed campaign memos, e-mails, and interviews with key players, Kranish and Helman reveal the infighting and disagreement that sunk Romney’s 2008 White House bid, and his conscious decision to switch tactics for his 2012 run.

In The Real Romney, Kranish and Helman delve searchingly into the psyche of a complex man now at his most critical juncture, the private Romney whom few people see. They show the remarkable lengths to which Romney has gone in order to succeed in politics and business, shrewdly shifting identities as needed, bringing tough-minded strategy to every decision, and always carefully safeguarding his public image. For the first time, readers will gain a full understanding of Romney, the man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The great service of this new biography is that it humanizes Romney. The authors sniff over their subject with bloodhound thoroughness, dredging up old report cards, housing deeds, and family records and videos. They interview seemingly everyone who had contact with Romney every phase of his life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A narrative that’s absorbing and fair-minded…Perhaps the most useful portions of The Real Romney deconstruct his management style as a Bain executive and governor of Massachusetts, providing clues as to how he might govern as president.”

    New York Times

  • “Lays out Romney’s story in full and clear detail, including fascinating in-depth stuff about his family’s history…This book shows us a Mitt Romney for whom family and faith remain unshakable pillars and who knows that his ‘power-ally is money.’”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A genuinely compelling story and a more thorough record of Romney’s life than has yet appeared.”

    Washington Post

  • “A fascinating story that sheds new light on an elusive subject.”

    Financial Times

  • “A riveting and revealing look at a complex and enigmatic man.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Saskia | 2/16/2014

    " I liked it for how it showed who Romney is - both the person behind the mask and the process behind his failed campaigns. I could have done without all the private equity details but I'll concede that how Romney made his (vast!!) fortune is part of how he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Clifford | 2/13/2014

    " This book first read like an advertisement for Romney and I thought I would not finish it. However, later when it described his governorship, it turned to well balanced accounting. There is a very interesting section describing how Romney came to support the health care act late in his tenure. Once he began his run for the presidency, he promptly abandoned it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stan Lanier | 2/13/2014

    " Nothing particularly trenchant here for anyone who pays attention to national politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shane | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book because it wasn't a cheerleading book for Romney, but rather showed many of his faults or alleged faults along with his strengths. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a biography that isn't fair in one way or another. This book is fair. Suggested reading for anyone who is having a difficult time making up their mind for whom to vote, or for anyone who'd like to know more about the history of Mitt Romney. "

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